The Metropolitan

The Metropolitan

The Metropolitan

Date: Saturday 3rd October 2015
Track: Randwick racecourse, Sydney
Distance: 2400 metres
Race Type: 3yo&up Handicap
Status: Group 1
Prizemoney: $400,000
2014 Winner: Junoob

The Metropolitan is a quality handicap race that takes center stage at the Randwick Racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales. The Group 1 event is held each year in October and is part of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival that will kick off in August. The Metropolitan is worth a remarkable $400,000 in prize money and is run under a relatively longer distance of 2400M. The race is seen by many horse trainers and owners as one of the best long distance Group 1 Events in the Spring Carnival and in 2013, the Metropolitan showcased brilliant and competitive racing.

Seville did exceptionally well to claim the 2013 title with Julieanas and Sneak A Peek coming through strongly in second and third respectively. The Metropolitan race features on the same day as the Group 1 Epsom Handicap, The Spring Champion Stakes and The Flight Stakes. In recent years the event has managed to assemble above average and talented horses and quite often, quality and top class horses that feature in the event always emerge winners.

The best progression race for The Metropolitan is actually the Caulfield Cup that comes later in the Melbourne Spring and even though not many horses have managed The Metropolitan and Caulfield Cup double, Railing in 2001 did well to register victories in these two events in breathtaking fashion. The Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes is a nice lead up race for the Metropolitan and in addition to this, horses looking to do well in the event can also consider running in the Group 3 Colin Stephen Quality that comes a week earlier and run under pretty much the same conditions.

In the last two decades numerous horses have managed an easy claim to The Metropolitan and the Colin Stephen Quality Double. Some of the notable horses to record this success include Railings back in 2005, Hula Flight in 1996, and the Dress Circle in 2001. The Metropolitan is expected to generate thrilling racing this year and is dubbed as one of the most anticipated Group 1 races in the Sydney Spring Carnival.

The Metropolitan recent winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2014 Junoob Opinion Araldo 2:26.5
2013 Seville Julienas Sneak A Peek 2:32.0
2012 Glencadam Gold Kelinni Reuben Percival 2:29.7
2011 The Verminator Hawk Island Lamasery 2:33.4
2010 Herculian Prince Mourayan No Wine No Song 2:29.9
2009 Speed Gifted Lodge The Deeds Fiumicino 2:35.1
2008 Newport Bianca Get Up Jude 2:33.0
2007 Race not run
2006 Tawqeet Activation Vanquished 2:31.1
2005 Railings Run Rita Run Men At Work 2:28.5
2004 County Tyrone Itemise Don Raphael 2:33.6
2003 Bedouin Daneborogh Bodie 2:34.4
2002 Victory Smile Piachay Dress Circle 2:31.3
2001 Dress Circle Danyon Homewrecker 2:29.4
2000 Coco Cobanna Pasta Express Citra’s Prince 2:44.3
1999 Vita Man Able Master Ask The Waiter 2:48.4
1998 In Joyment Doriemus Joss Sticks 2:45.7
1997 Heart Ruler Linesman Court Of Honour 2:41.6
1996 Hula Flight Nothin’ Leica Dane Saintly 2:44.4
1995 Electronic The Phantom Chance Stony Bay 2:42.5
1994 Glastonbury Oompala Irish Rort 2:41.6
1993 Zamination Azzaam (USA) Salcantay 2:49.0
1992 Te Akau Nick Sir Winston Beachside 2:44.1
1991 Lord Revenir Maharajah Magnolia Hall 2:41.1
1990 Donegal Mist I’m In Heaven Princeville 2:44.0
1989 Hunter Ochiltree Coshking 2:42.8
1988 Natski Zamakima Copatonic 2:41.8
1987 Balciano Kensei The Brotherhood 2:40.8
1986 Born To Be Queen Indian Raj Rising Fear 2:42.2
1985 Spritely Native Foxseal Mr. Mako 2:44.2
1984 Hayai Our Compromise Foxseal 2:43.0
1983 Hayai Chiamare Noble Heights 2:27.8
1982 Nicholas John Lancelotto Wellington Road 2:42.5
1981 Belmura Lad Peninsula El LaurenaUnder Orders 2:42.3
1980 Brindisi Sovita Sutimie 2:42.0